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This neat interactive map shows why renewables and natural gas are taking over the US

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(Source: www.vox.com)

This one’s for the energy nerds out there. The University of Texas Austin’s Energy Institute has put out an incredibly useful interactive map showing what types of power plants are cheapest to build in every county in the continental United States. (No, really, it’s fascinating.)

Playing around with the map, you can see why natural gas and renewables are likely to provide much of America’s new electric capacity going forward. It also shows why, despite Trump’s promises, it will be extremely difficult to build new US coal plants anytime soon. And you can explore the effects a carbon tax might have on America’s grid — or, say, the development of much cheaper nuclear reactors.

Let’s start with the basics. This map below shows the cheapest power plant to build today in every county, when “availability zones” are factored in (based on where the researchers expect…

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December 27, 2017 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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